Thank you so much for your interest in empowering domestic violence survivors.
We are proud to announce the Survivor Empowerment Fund!
Why did we establish the Survivor Empowerment Fund?
The Fund helps empower the survivors we serve to make their own decisions, decisions that are right for them at the right time. Just as we never know when the survivors will need our—and your—help, we can never know what they will need.
- A co-pay for the doctor and flu medicine, in February.
- A bus pass to get to a job interview, in April.
- A pair of baby shoes to replace the old ones forgotten in the hurry of fleeing the home, in July.
- A couple of nights of safe shelter, in October.
They never know. We never know. The best we can do is be prepared and flexible.
How did the Survivor Empowerment Fund get started?
After careful consideration and planning, in December 2007 we established the fund to empower survivors of domestic violence. The Fund’s creation deliberately coincided with the 2007 winter holiday season and replaced past holiday giving programs.
What are the benefits of the Survivor Empowerment Fund?
In developing this fund, we were striving for a donation plan that was best for our clients, our agency, and our donors!
Our new program achieves several important goals:
- Empowering our clients to get what they need, when they need it.
- Community giving that can help throughout the year.
- Donating to our agency has never been easier - minimal time and energy from you, maximum effect of your donation!
- Reduction of storage and transportation dilemmas.
How does the Survivor Empowerment Fund work?
The fund is a continuous collection of gift cards, gift certificates, and monetary donations which are set aside for survivors.
Survivors apply for gift card or cash assistance funding with a simple application, which is evaluated by a staff panel. Gift cards are then disbursed to survivors based on need and availability (monetary donations go toward needed items or services, such as car repair, insurance, or rent deposits). Each gift card is tracked by its serial number, so donors can find out who received it and why.
Specialized community resources
Our focus is on empowering all individuals and families to have safe and healthy relationships because we believe such relationships best prevent intimate partner violence. There are other agencies in our community that have the mission and storage capacity to accept and distribute your in-kind donations. Please see our in-kind donations page for more details.
Your support matters
It is because of people like you that we are able to help individuals and families develop safe and healthy relationships. Thank you!
We invite you to join this growing list of contributors to the Survivor Empowerment Fund! If you’d like to donate gift cards, please mail them to the address listed below or bring them to our business office (call 503.640.5352 for directions).
Or make an easy, secure, and environmentally friendly monetary donation now.
Thank you for your support!